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History Rising

July 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10
Graphic with three bio photos of panelists Peter Barberie, Deborah Willis, Sheida Soleimani.

Rising Sun artists Sheida Soleimani (PAFA) and Deborah Willis (AAMP), join Peter Barberiethe Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in a conversation that explores how photography can be a tool to re-set historical and political narratives and complicate our experiences of power. Presentations by each artist will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Registrants for this event are invited to experience PAFA’s installation of Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America before the panel, from 5:00 – 5:50 pm.


Thursday, July 6, 2023


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Museum doors open at 5:00 pm


Exhibition 5:00 pm – 5:50 pm: Historic Landmark Building at 118 N. Broad Street, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Panel 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad Street, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


$10 General Admission / $5 PAFA & AAMP Members (with advanced registration) / Free Community Access

Free for PAFA Students, Faculty, and Staff

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In Dialogue With The City is part of the Rising Sun Artists & Curators Series presented by the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The series was created, in part, to extract the deeper and more nuanced themes found across the commissioned works and artists ethos and inspiration. It gives the audience an opportunity to learn from and interact with the creative minds behind the arresting and visceral work and is meant to act as a greater catalyst for larger conversation around democracy, freedom of expression, place, personhood, community, and citizenship.

Peter Barberie is the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since 2005 he has organized more than twenty-five exhibitions and edited and authored six books and numerous other publications, many of which manifest his efforts to connect the museum with broad public audiences. His projects include Long Light: David Lebe (2019), a survey of Lebe’s experimental photography and pioneering work as a gay artist with AIDS; Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography (2014), an in-depth retrospective of Strand’s photography and films that traveled to several European venues; and Zoe Strauss: Ten Years (2012), a mid-career survey of Strauss’s photography and her closely related efforts at public engagement. His current exhibition, Judith Joy Ross, co-organized by a team including independent curator Joshua Chuang and Fundaçion Mafpre, offers an in-depth survey of one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography. It is on view until August 6. 


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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